Photography. Sacred Space. Grove by Jane Burton Taylor. Dates 14 Nov – 01 Dec. OPENING Wed 13 Nov 6-8pm. Barometer Gallery, Paddington Au.
In Puglia, in the south of Italy, olive groves stretch in every direction. Grove is a collection of large-scale photographic triptychs of some of these centuries old olive trees. On a deeper level, Grove explores the spiritual and physical relationship humans have with nature by showing we can live harmoniously with nature, or we can destroy it, slowly and unconsciously.
Some of the groves photographed in this exhibition were planted in the Middle Ages, which means that over 40 generations have tended these particular trees by hand. UNESCO has World Heritage listed the 1000 year old grove in Alessano, with many more of the younger groves in the area (some between 200 – 600 years old) protected by regional law.
To create this unique series the artist returned to southern Italy each year for three years, photographing and filming through the four seasons, a hand-picked selection of twelve different olive groves.
This exceptionally beautiful photo essay is about sacred space and how we care about and nurture nature.
All images are shot on film using a 50 year old Hasselblad medium format camera. They have been presented as triptychs and digitally printed as (archival) pigment prints on cotton rag paper.
About the artist:
Jane Burton Taylor has been an exhibiting artist for over 10 years. She works in the photographic medium, as well as sculpture and writing. She is currently nearing completion of her Masters of Art at COFA, Sydney.
She recently exhibited sculpture work in the Hidden: Rookwood Cemetery Sculpture Walk and in the InSitu 2013: Mosman Festival of Sculpture & Installation (Mosman Art Gallery).
Previous solo exhibitions include her highly acclaimed photographic work, Earth, which was shown at the Queensland Centre for Photography, Brisbane (2013); Photo Access Gallery, Canberra (2012); and Barometer Gallery, Sydney (2010). A series of colour images also produced in Italy.
Her solo b&w exhibitions at Point Light Gallery, Sydney include Il Destino (2006) and Origini (2004).
In 2004 the artist published a superb book on Italian Australian Families, Qui e Li – Here & There.
Exhibition Grove. Artist Jane Burton-Taylor. Dates 14 Nov – 01 Dec. OPENING Wed 13 Nov 6-8pm
Barometer Gallery. 13 Gurner Street (cnr Duxford St), Paddington. Hours Wednesday – Sunday 11am – 6pm
Artist web www.jbtphotography.com
Cost This is a free exhibition and open to all. Artworks are for sale.